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05/24/2014 – Local Man Charged in Knife Attack on Hamilton Officer

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HAMILTON – A Hamilton, Alabama man is in custody following a knife attack on an on-duty Hamilton Police officer Friday night.

Police Chief Ronnie Vickery stated, Officer Eric Zills was on patrol near the intersection of National Guard Road and Aggie Avenue around 9:00 pm when someone came towards his patrol car. Officer Zills got out of his patrol car and was jumped by 30 year old Terrence Edwards of Hamilton, Alabama.

Chief Vickery stated that it is unclear what the motivation for the attack was but that Officer Zills is expected to recover from his injuries. Also injured during the incident was a volunteer firefighter, Devon Hall, who witnessed the attack and stepped in to assist the officer.

Police said Officer Zills was stabbed in the back of the head and upper left arm during the incident and underwent surgery Saturday at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. During the incident Hall suffered cuts but was treated and released from North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton.

Numerous agencies responded to assist the Hamilton Police Department in locating suspect, Terrence Edwards, after the incident. Edwards was located about an hour later off of Riverside Drive and taken into custody after being found hiding behind a relative’s residence.

Edwards has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and is currently being held in the Marion County Jail on bonds totaling $120,000.

The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

(All persons charged with a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The charges are merely an accusation unless otherwise stated.)

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Written by 49 County News.Net

May 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM

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